Singapore in 48 Hours

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Isabel Smallman

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  • Singapore

  • Arts & Culture

  • Active Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Relaxation

  • Nightlife

Panoramic views of Singapore.
Curator’s statement

Singapore is a melting pot of culture, history, cuisine, and architectural beauty. Its past has shaped it into an economically wealthy super nation that is just as captivating to the eyes as it is to the taste of flavors throughout the streets. With many distinct neighborhoods to wander through, landmarks to capture on the iPhone, and restaurants to savor a unique blend of creative dishes, there's so much to do in 48 hours. But trust me...the adrenaline rush will keep you in pace.

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Where to stay

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

A beacon of urban glitz and glamor, and home to the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

Classic Four Seasons sophistication and charm with four tennis courts and two pools in downtown Singapore.

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Posh hotel set in a former post office overlooking the Singapore River.

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Day 1: Arrive in Singapore

Beautiful street in singapore

We landed in Singapore at 9am on a Saturday, and the morning view from the sky was dreamy as we breezed past the Port of Singapore.

I recommend hopping on the MRT shuttle bus to enjoy a scenic view of the city on your way to hotel.

What I first noticed about Singapore is how CLEAN it is. Not a single piece of trash on the sidewalk and no public trash cans.

Head to a Hawker Market

These markets are overflowing with Singaporean staples, and if you're a passionate foodie, you will be in awe at the overwhelming number of choices and aromas flooding through these halls.

We started with a traditional iced espresso (condensed milk and sugar), peanut butter pancakes, yam-stuffed puff pastry, and kaya toast.

Recommended Hawker Markets

  • Hong Lim

  • Maxwell Food Centre Newton Food Centre

Explore China Town

The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple is an exquisitely designed temple that will take you back to the origins of Chinese Buddhism.

China Town Street Market also has some incredible "Fried Carrot Cake" which was the perfect snack during our exploring.

Telok Ayer Market

In the mid afternoon, take a walk over to this indoor historical market for another "wow" walk through food vendors that are illuminated with different flavors. The window shopping is just as fun if you're too full to take on any more food, but we split the Rojak Salad. This translates to "eclectic mix" and you should find out why for yourself :)

Telok Ayer Market Must-Try Foods

  • Chili Crab: sweet, spicy, tangy sauce (a national dish)

  • Fried Carrot Cake: rice flour, white radish, garlic, and egg (contrary to its name it's a breakfast staple...not dessert!)

  • Kaya Toast: toasted sweet bread with kaya (traditional jam) and lots of butter (beware!)

  • Rojak: eclectic salad mixed with veggies, fruits and dough fritters covered in a sticky black sauce and topped with chopped peanuts

  • Burbur Cha Cha: coconut milk dessert with taro and sweet potato

Marina Bay Sands

One of the most famous landmarks in all of Singapore and is impossible to miss from across Marina Bay...this luxury hotel holds the world's largest infinity pool, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and has a charm that cannot be replicated anywhere else. We spent an hour here getting lost in the people watching and glamour of this new city in a city.

If you're feeling boujee enough to try the Paríso Gold Coffee at Bacha Coffee, it sells for just $369 per pot!

Art/Science Museum

Right outside the MBS, this museum features some mind blowing exhibits that will enter you into an alter universe.

Sneakertopia: Step into Street Culture and Future World: Where Art Meets Science were the two showing when we visited and both were incredible.

Gardens of the Bay

Before dinner, take a casual stroll over to Gardens of the Bay and snap a photo with some of the trees in the Supertree Observatory. It feels like you're on set of a scene in Avatar...not one to miss! We were getting hungry so we didn't explore for long, but when the sun goes down, the trees come to life and illuminate in color...so if you have time to stay until dark, I highly recommend it!

Grab Dinner at Super Loco Customs House

There are so many places to grab dinner on Marina Bay, but we stopped at this Mexican restaurant for a waterfront view of MBS with some tasty margaritas and tacos.

Watch the Water Fireworks at MBS

This was hyped up by many of the locals so we walked back to MBS for the 8PM show and grabbed a beer at one of the beer trucks to sit and enjoy live music and the water fireworks. They weren't mind-blowing, but maybe we've just seen too many exhilarating things for one day...ready to call it a night!

Day 2: Wake up early (8am to really seize the day)

Color buildings in Singapore

We ate breakfast at Four Seasons Hotel and this was nothing short of spectacular. Cuisine from all around the world packed into one room... I highly recommend a hotel stay here!

Botanic Gardens

A quick MRT ride to the gardens, we walked off our breakfast for about 2 hours on these paths. Stunning backdrops, the occasional wildlife (Monitor lizards and turtles), and relaxing sitting areas for people watching.

Arab Quarters and Little India

We were so taken back by the beauty and richness of culture in these districts. Art in all forms, cafe's, restaurants, temples, and so much vibrance of color and people. We sampled a roti and rice platter with 8 different curry spices in Little India, tasted the best pastries in Arab Quarters, and sipped on freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. These places need multiple visits to try a bit of it all, but with only a couple hours to spare, we experienced what we could!

National Museum of Singapore

To digest and explore in some A/C, we stopped at this museum to learn more about the history of Singapore and we were so happy we added this place to our list! This museum takes a deep dive into Singapore's colonization and I learned more about its significance and developed a deep appreciation for the continued growth of this prosperous country.

Changi Airport

It's important to get to the airport early before your flight; but when it holds the title for "World's Best Airport," it's imperative that you arrive even earlier. We had a 10PM flight home and so, we arrived around 6PM to explore its massive indoor waterfall, shops, and restaurants before checking in. This airport sets the bar high and you may be disappointed in every other airport from now on... but just another reason to visit Singapore again soon!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Erin Brundage’s guide, Feast and Explore for 3 Days in Singapore.

Travel Advisor Isabel Smallman walking through vineyards in an all white outfit with a tan hat.

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Isabel Smallman

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